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Splendid Weeping

  • Object:

    Print

  • Place of origin:

    Prinknash (made)
    UK (made)

  • Date:

    1970 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Houédard, Dom Sylvester, born 1924 - died 1992 (artist)
    Bullock, Ivan (designer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Letterpress on translucent paper

  • Credit Line:

    Acquired from Malcolm Winton, RCA in 1971.

  • Museum number:

    CIRC.59D-1971

  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level D, case LP, shelf 2

Dom Sylvester Houédard was a Benedictine monk and eminent theologian, but also a pioneer, in Britain, of concrete poetry, a poetic form in which the arrangement of words and letters in a pattern on the page relates to the meaning or emotional impact of the poem. Using concrete poetry as a kind of springboard Houédard developed a way of making more purely abstract or pictorial images with the typewriter keys directly onto typing paper.
This is one of a number of prints using more conventional media, such as letterpress or lithography. Some of these appear directly related to his 'typestracts'; others, such as this one, appear more independent, but they all have a somewhat different visual impact from the typewritten pieces. This is one of six sheets of translucent paper, overlaid, each printed with a different word, in a different position on the page so that they read collectively as a poem; the words show through the paper but progressively faintly as the number of layers increases.

Physical description

Circ 59 and 59a-e -1971 are six sheets of translucent paper, overlaid, each printed with a different word, in a different position on the page so that they read collectively as a poem, the words show through the paper but progressively faintly as the number of layers increases. From the top to the lowest sheet the text reads as follows:
splendid weeping
daffodil sutra
arctic hair
systematic sand
grass gesture
water lute

Place of Origin

Prinknash (made)
UK (made)

Date

1970 (made)

Artist/maker

Houédard, Dom Sylvester, born 1924 - died 1992 (artist)
Bullock, Ivan (designer)

Materials and Techniques

Letterpress on translucent paper

Dimensions

Height: 51 cm sheet, Width: 48.3 cm sheet

Descriptive line

By Dom Sylvester Houédard: composite work: 6 sheets overlaid, 'Splendid Weeping', letterpress, 1970

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Taken from Departmental Circulation Register 1971

Production Note

this work is made up of 6 overlayered sheets. This one reads 'grass gesture'

Materials

Paper; Typewriter

Techniques

Typewriter

Subjects depicted

Concrete poetry

Categories

Prints

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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